Shares of RSA Insurance Group plc (LON:RSA) will begin trading ex-dividend in 2 days. To qualify for the dividend check of UK£0.14 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 07 March 2019, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about RSA Insurance Group as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
How well does RSA Insurance Group fit our criteria?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 66%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 66% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 6.1%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to £0.46.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Dividend payments from RSA Insurance Group have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.
Compared to its peers, RSA Insurance Group has a yield of 4.0%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.
Whilst there are few things you may like about RSA Insurance Group from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RSA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RSA’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is RSA worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether RSA is currently mispriced by the market.
- Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.
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